Day: October 20, 2014

Review of ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’

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As a youngster, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs were among the first authors I read. I was overjoyed, therefore, to receive a free review copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This volume, however, is a book with a difference. First published in 1892, the famous detective is back, thanks to Story Cartel Classics, with endnotes and articles showing how the stories offer life lessons that we can all benefit from.

So, not only do you get to read some of Doyle’s best Holmes’ stories, but at the end you’re offered examples of how the story can relate to your present circumstances – and improve them. And, as an added bonus, the e-Book has interactive links to enable readers to talk about the lessons and discuss them with other readers on the Story Cartel blog. Now, how neat is that, folks?

Take for example, the first story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia.’ The story of the King of Bohemia who comes to Holmes for help illustrates five paths everyone can follow for a better life:  1) pay attention, 2) don’t make assumptions, 3) be authentic, 4) laugh a lot, and 5) prioritize things in your life.

This is an easy book to like, unless you just happen to be among that miniscule percentage of people who don’t like Sherlock Holmes. Actually, even if you’re not a particular fan, you’ll find it a different kind of self-help book, so give it a read anyway.

I can’t say enough good about it, so I’ll stop and say, read it, Read It, READ IT!

Five-stars!

Review of ‘Ding Dong! Is She Dead?’

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I received a free review copy of Ding dong! Is She Dead? NOVA Ladies Adventures, Book #1, by Alathia Paris Morgan, and, based on the title, anticipated that it would be a humorous mystery. As both a mystery and a humor fan, I particularly like when an author is able to effectively combine the two.

I wasn’t completely disappointed. The story of Jennifer Smythe, a big city girl who works in a bar who witnesses two men disposing of a corpse and ends up as Allie working in a department store in rural Texas, does have it moments of humor. There is mystery as well. The concept is solid, and author Morgan in her first effort is well on the way to making it work well.

The dialogue in this first effort was a bit stilted, and some of the transitions are a bit jumpy. Morgan gets a good grade, however, for effort. Writing mystery is difficult; writing humor even more so; and combining the two the most difficult of all. Ignoring the aforementioned issues, Morgan has done a creditable job in creating likeable characters with whom the reader can sympathize. I predict that this author will be even better in her next effort. For this one, I give three stars.